The Former ‘Bag Man’ That Brought Down Jayalalithaa


NEW DELHI:  Nearly 250 witnesses were brought to court by the prosecution to prove J Jayalalithaa had used the first of her three terms as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to illegally acquire more thanRs. 50 crore worth of assets. One of them was crucial in proving the 18-year-old case against her, leading to a sentence of four years in jail for one of the most powerful and popular politicians in the country.

The 66-year-old has been convicted of corruption along with three close aides, including live-in friend Sasikala Natarajan. Jayaraman was one of the employees who worked at Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai during the period under investigation. He testified that along with another staffer named Ram Vijayan, he transported large sums of money regularly from the politician’s home to banks where several firms owned by Sasikala and Jayalalithaa held accounts…..

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